ASK THE EXPERT
Packers beat writer Ryan Wood answered questions from readers Monday, a day after Green Bay’s loss to the Saints. Read the transcript at www.jsonline.com/packers.
Q: (Brett) Hundley was a disappointment but that’s not my concern. What does it take for (Dom) Capers to be held accountable? This is not the Saints of 3 years ago. Very limited weapons but the Pack couldn’t stop the run or the pass. The pass rush was nonexistent. 10 players in the field twice. Receivers open
by 5 yards. How bad does it have to be before GB fires him?
A: The defense was a disappointment in the second half. It was unable to build off the early interceptions. Once Drew Brees got into his rhythm, the Packers were back on their heels. But, and this is important, the Packers did not lose Sunday’s game because of defense. Another way to put that: the Packers defense played well enough to win with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, not with Brett Hundley. That’s probably going to be the story of their season. It’ll have to play better with a backup quarterback. Of course, it won’t be going against Drew Brees every week.
Q: What are the chances the Packers approach (Tony) Romo about being their QB for the rest of the season? Hundley just isn’t cutting it.
A: I still don’t think that’s necessary. Hundley, to me, still gives the Packers their best chance to win. There were some promising moments yesterday. He’s clearly athletic enough to make plays with his legs, which can move the chains. He just can’t go 12-for-25. Part of his low completion percentage was throwaways, but Hundley wasn’t consistently accurate. He missed two throws to Jordy Nelson in the first half: underthrowing Nelson deep for what could’ve been a touchdown, and sailing a backshoulder throw wide out of bounds. He also sailed an important dumpoff to Aaron Jones before halftime that might’ve gotten the Packers into field goal range. Maybe Hundley’s accuracy improves as he gets more comfortable going forward. If it does, he’ll be a better passer, and that could be dangerous with his athleticism.